||No Size Limit in State of Delaware waters (coast to 3 miles offshore)
13 inch minimum Federal waters (3 to 200 miles offshore)
|Daily Limit / Person
|Abundance in Delaware Waters
||Uncommon - this species is more common north of Delaware.
|General Habitat and Food Preferences
||Yellowtail Flounder prefer sandy or sand/mud bottoms at depths of 100 to 350 feet.
They feed on amphipods (small shrimp like creatures), small shrimps, marine worms, small crabs, and occasionally small fishes.
|Did You Know?
Yellowtail Flounder, like most flounder, use camouflage and can change the color and pattern of their dark side to match the surrounding bottom.
|Common Lures and Baits
Yellowtail Flounder are almost always caught accidentally by anglers fishing for other species.
They are most often caught on bottom rigs with squid strips.
|Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Yellowtail Flounder are caught by anglers in the range of 15 to 18 inches (1 to 2 pounds).
|Citation Minimum Length and Weight
Live Release Award
Adult: 25 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 23 inches minimum
Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 7 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 5 pounds minimum
Yellowtail Flounder are eligible for the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament and Live Release "Flounder" awards, but due to their smaller size, catching one large enough to qualify is unlikely.
Yellowtail Flounder are not currently eligible for an individual species citation.
|Delaware State Record
17 pounds 15 ounces
Yellowtail Flounder are eligible for the general "Flounder" record, but due to their smaller size, catching one large enough to qualify is unlikely.
Yellowtail Flounder are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.